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Face, face, face, face (am I going to get in trouble now?)


You’ve probably already heard about this by now… the US Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to let Facebook trademark the word face. Specifically in these instances:

“Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars.” 

For all those who thought I was going a little overboard when I’ve previously compared Facebook to Big Brother… who looks like the crazy one now?

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If reusable bags are bad for the environment, how should we carry our groceries?


If you’re a semi-eco-friendly individual, you probably own at least one reusable grocery bag. It’s sort of your contribution to the environment-at-large.  One small step…  Well, I am here to advise you to check the label of origin of that bag… make sure that it’s made in the USA, and not in China.

…reports from around the country have trickled in recently about reusable bags, mostly made in China, that contained potentially unsafe levels of lead.

I know what you’re thinking…what now?

Concerns have proliferated so much that Senator Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, sent a letter on Sunday to the Food and Drug Administration, urging the agency to investigate the issue.

I say use paper, and check to see where your reusable bag is made.  Maybe US companies will finally start noticing that outsourcing EVERYTHING has its side effects…

Cheaper labor does not equal better quality.  I’m just saying.

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A picture’s worth a thousand words, or so the FDA hopes


Today, the FDA unveiled 36 proposed cigarette labels.

Designed to cover half of a pack’s surface area, the new labels are intended to spur smokers to quit by providing graphic reminders of tobacco’s dangers.

Some of the warnings include: “Smoking can kill you“, “Cigarettes cause strokes and heart disease“, “Cigarettes are addictive.”  I found the images pretty graphic…so you can click on the links above to view them for yourself.

I had no idea, but apparently the US was the first country to put require warning labels (Surgeon General’s..) on all packages sold.

So when does this all happen?

The agency will accept public comment on the 36 proposed labels, and expects to choose the final nine by June. By Oct. 22, 2012, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to distribute cigarettes for sale in the United States that do not display the new graphic health warnings.

I find it hard to believe that in this day and age, the general public is not aware of the dangers associated with smoking… It will be interesting to see if this has a big effect on smokers.

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Target to sell iPhones to all


If you don’t own an iPhone yet, chances are, that if Apple hasn’t fixed the daylight-savings bug yet… you won’t over-sleep and miss your opportunity to be one of the first people to purchase one, at a Target store near you.

The Minneapolis-based discount retailer said its 846 stores with Target Mobile centers will carry the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS and offer in-store activation.

Just imagine… You’ll be able to buy toilet-paper, cereal, and an iPhone all at the same place.  Could you ask for anything more?

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No more Happy Meal toys for you (children in San Fran)


San Francisco has officially become the first major US city to ban restaurants from giving free toys with meals that contain high levels of calories, sugar and fat.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization)

Childhood obesity is already epidemic in some areas and on the rise in others. An estimated 22 million children under five are estimated to be overweight worldwide. According to the US Surgeon General, in the USA the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight adolescents has trebled since 1980.

The estimated number of overweight children under the age of 5 (worldwide) is equivalent, in size, to the entire population of Australia.

Mind boggling.

While the move by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is definitely a step in the right direction, I find it sort of ironic that on a list of the America’s fattest US cities, San Francisco comes in last.  With San Francisco holding ground as the fittest city in the US, I’m not sure how much of an influence their new ban will have on the rest of the US.

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What do Blagojevich, Snooki & pistachios have in common?


Paramount Farms, a unit of  Roll International Corp. has hired both aforementioned controversial ‘personalities’ (for lack of a better term) to star in their $20M advertising campaign, rolling out this coming Monday.

While the spokespeople, no joke – Rod Blagojevich (former corrupt Illinois Governor) & Snooki (from MTV’s Jersey Shore) were clearly chosen for the attraction factor, the star of this advertising campaign will be a bunch of pistachios.

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